NAPLES — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Lake Region Community Theatre has chosen to take a look at love through the comedy “Lovers and Other Strangers.” The play, penned by husband-and-wife team Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna, is a series of five vignettes about couples and their love for each other – sometimes thorny, sometimes rosy, but hardly ever dull.
LRCT will produce this battle-of-the-sexes comedy at Lake Region High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 and at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Laughing at other people’s screw-ups and learning from them is the theme of the show. From seduction and a long-lived affair to pre-wedding jitters and shifting spousal roles, this show takes a humorous glimpse at how relations were perceived in the early 1970s.
Flashback: Beatles break up; Americans celebrate first Earth Day; computer floppy disks introduced; Congress approves the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution; protestors demonstrate against the Vietnam War; Palestinian group hijacks five planes; London Bridge brought to the U.S.; M*A*S*H premieres; Watergate scandal begins; and abortion is legalized in the U.S. Number one songs include “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” “I’ll Be There,” “Let It Be” and “My Sweet Five.”
Several of the references in “Lovers” are from that time period: Most people don’t balk at divorce any more. And most men don’t feel threatened because their wives work. Still, other social norms stay the same: Grooms may get cold feet before their weddings and singles may question if they’re dating someone just for the sake of dating someone.
Mary Bastoni of Fryeburg directs this Samuel French Inc. production. Janet Ver Planck is the stage manager. Costumes are by Michelle Brenner and Greg Harris is the set builder. The show’s producers are Janet Ver Planck, Jyselle Watkins and Lew Krainin.
“Lovers and Other Strangers” features a charming and talented cast including Nathan Sipe, Shannon Oliver, Tom Rebmann, Barb Stauble, Tim Lorrain, Paula Easton, Katelyn Jaeger, Chris Madura, Vin Brown, Susie Mosca and Keli Forke.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Hayes True Value Hardware, Bridgton, Krainin Real Estate, Raymond, Raymond Village Florist, Casco Public Library, Naples Public Library and Bridgton Public Library or at the door. Those with a Winter Carnival/Mushers’ Bowl pin may purchase a ticket at the door-only for $9.